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Teams Adjusting Without Foreign Players

Image property of The Diplomat Teams such as Ulaanbaatar City splurged on expensive foreign signings during the offseason. However, the team sits in 6th position in the 10-team table at this early point of the season, surely thanks in part to a travel ban imposed by the Mongolian government which has prevented foreign players from entering Mongolia and linking up with their teams. The travel ban, which has been in place for months because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is currently set to be in effect until at least 15 July. The ban includes all international flights and rail travel. The road borders between Mongolia and Russia and Mongolia and China have also been closed, making the coun

Erchim FC Gets New Partner, Name

Image property of Khaan Khuns-Erchim FC It was the same old result for Erchim FC as the club defeated Ulaanbaatar City FC to win the 2020 Super Cup and kick off the new season. Although Erchim's result was identical to 7 of the last 8 Super Cup matches, the club itself was not. This year, the club has a new sponsor/investor, name, and crest, as it begins its new life as Khaan Khuns-Erchim FC. Erchim FC, famously owned by and playing in the shadow of Ulaanbaatar Power Plant #4, brought on Khaan Khuns as a major investor in the offseason. Khaan Khuns is a major grocery chain in the country. As a result of the investment, Erchim FC has become Khaan Khuns-Erchim FC. The Khaan Khuns brand should

Football Finally Begins, League Opener and Super Cup Played

Image property of the MFF Because of the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic, it is now almost three months after the originally-planned opening date of 3 April, and football in Mongolia has finally kicked off with the first match of the 2020 MPL season and the annual Super Cup being held earlier today. Khaan Khuns Erchim FC, the result of a merger between Khaan Khuns Titem and powerhouse Erchim FC, held one spot in the Super Cup match as Erchim FC were last year's cup winners. Ulaanbaatar City earned the right to compete as last year's league winners. Ulaanbaatar City, under new head coach Vojislav Bralusic, were rustier than they anticipated after the COVID-19 pandemic has put the team's AFC Cup

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